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Students take Art in the Fields trip

(Oct. 15, 2015) On Monday, 17 students from Julie Wilsey’s fourth grade class at Worcester Preparatory School took a sunny-day stroll down Main Street for a quick field trip to the Art in the Fields gallery.
The students, with art teacher Rebecca Tittermary, were there to see the gallery’s first exhibition, which featured more than two-dozen works from Andy Warhol’s famous Sunday B. Morning series.
The series includes Warhol’s prints of Marilyn Monroe and Mao Zedong, as well as the Campbell’s Soup and Flowers series.
Gallery Director Kelly Lehman said classes from several schools, including more than 80 students from Worcester Prep, have visited the gallery since it opened on Aug. 28.
“It gives them the opportunity to see 20th Century art and learn about different movements and different artists right here in their hometown,” Lehman said. “A lot of these kids live right here in Berlin and nearby, and we’re just trying to teach them the importance of art history and how that correlates with some of the art projects they’ll be doing.”
Lehman said many of the older students have enjoyed seeing the artwork in person, while younger students have had fun with the Andy Warhol themed paint-by-numbers coloring sheets she hands out following the tour.
When the fourth grade class came in on Monday, the students filed in and sat, cross-legged, on the floor of the large main room of gallery, surrounding by the colorful serigraphs.  
Lehman, who sat on the floor with the students, talked about Warhol’s upbringing in Pittsburgh, his early days as a commercial artist, his transformation into a fine artist and the “Factory” days, and his lasting legacy as the father of Pop Art.
The exhibition was a hit for 9-year-old Maria Phillips.
“It’s a little hard to point out the differences [in the prints], especially on the Marilyns, but it’s nice to see the different colors,” she said.
Claire Windrow, 9, also said she enjoyed the show.
“What I like about it is that it’s different,” she said, adding that she liked Flowers series in particular.
Tittermary, also known as “Mrs. T,” said the students would have the opportunity to make their own artwork in the style of Andy Warhol during their next project in art class.
“They can either choose to draw their own version of the soup can – or do a print – or they can do their own self portrait in his style,” she said. “It’s nice to have the inspiration of seeing it in reality, and it’s just beautiful.”
Wilsey called the tour a “great experience” for her students.
“We’re just so blessed to have this so close to the school,” she said. “Mrs. T has been talking about this in art class, so for them to come and see it firsthand is just an awesome thing for the kids.”